Suffolk Chamber hosts meeting for members to discuss Brexit issues with Government officials

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, speaking at the meeting between chambe

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, speaking at the meeting between chamber members and government officials to discuss Brexit issues - Credit: Archant

Leading figures from Suffolk Chamber of Commerce got an insight into Government thinking on a range of key Brexit-related issues during a roundtable discussion with officials from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The invitation-only event, hosted by Suffolk Chamber, was attended by representatives from businesses in the manufacturing, ports and food and drink sectors.

Discussions included how firms might be affected by potential changes to the free movement of workers, visa issues, new customs arrangements and the ramifications for supply chain opportunities.

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber, said: “Because of our lobbying activities, and those of our national body, British Chambers of Commerce, we have a range of really strong pre-existing relationships with many Government departments who feel confident about meeting with us to discuss detailed matters in a direct and honest manner.

“This roundtable discussion in particular allowed both sides to go into a great deal of detail, with many of the companies present feeling able to outline what they are looking for from the negotiations to leave the European Union and during any transitional period once the two-year negotiations have concluded.

“Our business representatives were very clear with the BEIS: Suffolk companies are adaptable and up for any challenges, but what they need is clarity and early clarity at that on the major issues that may impact on their investment, operational and staff plans.

“It was good to see these businesses making full use of the one of the many benefits available to them as members of Suffolk Chamber,” he added.